The Queen of Sedona – my first wildlife pastel
From Sedona, Arizona
Pastels, Conte Crayons & Charcoal on Pastelbord – 11×14
Of course, there are no wild lions in Sedona, but here’s a portrait of a lone majesty that was perched upon a rock in the Out of Africa theme park.
I was there on a chilly and windy morning during Christmas. With time to kill before the safari into the Park, I ended up walking around the securely fenced enclosures which made for very poor viewing and pictures.
Given the vacation season I had decided to drop my zoom lens and ended up photographing its entire body with a 18-105mm lens and blew it up , later recreating this work on pastels over the long holidays.
Much after the work was completed, I had to recover from a horrific fixative disaster – I sprayed Lascaux fixative on my work when it was originally completed – (never again!) which pretty much destroyed the colors completely. Cost me 7 additional hours of fur labor to bring it back to life again.
Check out my new travel/art book Rambles into Sacred Realms out in April 2015